Puppies are sooooo cute.
But they’re also problematic.
February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month! We’re here to educate you on the importance of “fixing,” in other words, removing the reproductive organs of, your pet.
For the average pet owner, an un-spayed/neutered dog means you run the risk of having your pet impregnated or having them impregnate another dog, which can result in a shotgun wedding and years of residual resentment from your doggie mother-in-law.
But in all seriousness, having your pet fixed is not debilitating to their supposed masculinity or femininity. Spaying or neutering your pet is a responsible, economical, and seamless procedure that saves lives and keeps shelters empty, which is a very good thing.
LA’s Homeless Pet Problem
There are thousands of homeless pets in Los Angeles alone. While shelters are doing everything in their power to take in all the animals in need, there remains a homeless pet epidemic in this city. The biggest cause of pet homelessness is due to unwanted pregnancy when people realize they have all these zany puppies on their hands that they didn’t want in the first place. Unplanned pregnancies are not the only cause of animal homelessness, but they are a major proponent of the high number of homeless animals.
Luckily, Los Angeles has several spay and neuter services to help combat unplanned pregnancy. Some services make it so easy, that you don’t even have to get off your couch if you don’t want to.
Some quick statistics courtesy of the Greenwood Humane Society:
- Dogs can have up to two litters a year. The average momma can yield five-six puppies in a litter. That’s a lot of poop!
- Female dogs can become pregnant as young as five months old. The best time to fix your pet is at four months old, which is the earliest the procedure can be done.
- 50% of litters are unplanned. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as peeing on a stick to find out if your pup is preggers, so if you think she might be carrying babies then you’ll have to consult your vet.
Getting Your Pet Spayed and Neutered
There are so many spay and neuter services available with flexible payment options. The homeless pet crisis has reached such proportions that some vets even offer the service for free on occasion. This is a quick and harmless procedure that every responsible pet owner will have done for their dog or cat.
- South Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic
- West Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic
- Harbor Spay/Neuter Clinic
- Pasadena Humane Society
- Mercy Crusade
Please be an advocate for Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, and help educate your friends and family on the importance of pet pregnancy prevention!